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STA wins 2 Pennsylvania contracts
April 16, 2014
The five-year agreements with both school districts — Hempfield School District and East Penn School District — will generate $10 million in new annualized revenue for the company starting next school year, officials say. STA will provide more than 200 new, clean-burning propane autogas vehicles under the contracts.
Illinois bill would increase walking distance to 2 miles
April 16, 2014
School boards would be required to provide free transportation for students who live 2 miles or more from their assigned school, up from one and a half miles, under House Bill 5967. In a letter to a local newspaper, Illinois School Transportation Association President Patrick Johnson writes that the legislation would put “thousands of school children at risk, increase traffic congestion and harm the environment.”
STI subsidiary unveils new transportation service
April 15, 2014
SchoolWheels Direct will provide its new direct-to-parent transportation service to charter and private schools in Charleston, S.C. Families with students enrolled at schools serviced by the subsidiary will now be able to sign up for the type of bus service they would like, choose a route, make payments and manage their account on the provider's website.
Road safety signs with the message “I Stop, You Stop” are posted throughout Ottawa, Ontario, to remind motorists to stop for school buses with their lights flashing and stop arm extended.
Stop-arm awareness campaign launched in Ontario
April 15, 2014
After a student was within “inches of being hit” by a motorist passing one of her company’s school buses last fall, Kathleen Both, owner of M.L. Bradley Ltd., took action, working with the city of Ottawa and industry organizations to launch the “I Stop, You Stop” campaign. Road safety signs have been posted throughout the city, and a stop-arm camera pilot program is underway at her operation.
Louisiana school bus driver kidnapped at gunpoint
April 14, 2014
According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, a 37-year-old man shows up at his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Monday morning and boards her school bus with a firearm as she is about to start her route. The man allegedly demands at gunpoint that the woman drive to his house and then forces her inside, but he reportedly releases her as police arrive.
Thomas Built, Zonar to offer telematics solution
April 14, 2014
The school bus OEM will partner with Zonar Systems to provide factory-installed telematics features for Saf-T-Liner C2 models as standard equipment. The Zonar platform will have the ability to send and receive data from the engine as well as give insight on overall vehicle performance, driver behavior and monitoring of passengers through Thomas Built’s multiplex wiring system.
Companies partner to develop batteries for Lion all-electric bus
April 14, 2014
EnerDel Inc. will build the main battery components in Indiana, and B3CG Interconnect Inc. will complete the final battery and wiring harness assembly in Quebec.
CleanFUEL USA unveils new propane fuel management system
April 14, 2014
Officials for the propane technology supplier say that with the new CleanFUEL eCONNECT system, fleet managers can economically monitor and control fuel inventories with real-time data insight, flexible report storage and remote access capabilities.
Highway Safety Investigator Robert Accetta is part of the go-team that the NTSB sent to the accident site. Here, he documents the damaged motorcoach.Photo courtesy NTSB
10 dead in motorcoach-FedEx truck crash
April 11, 2014
The bus is traveling on a freeway and carrying high school students on their way to California’s Humboldt State University for a tour when the FedEx semi-truck crosses the freeway’s median and collides with the bus. The drivers of both vehicles, three chaperones and five students are killed. The California Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.
Nebraska state pupil transportation director Russ Inbody passes
April 11, 2014
Inbody, who worked for the Nebraska Department of Education for 37 years, died last month after a long illness. Nebraska Council of School Administrators officials call Inbody "an invaluable resource and support for school districts in his work in school finance, transportation services and negotiating the ever-complicated [school finance] formula."
EPA honors North Carolina for clean air initiatives
April 10, 2014
The federal agency selects the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Division of Air Quality in the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources for a Clean Air Excellence Award in the Transportation Efficiency Innovations category. The program that the EPA recognizes, “Clean School Bus NC: Kids Breathe Here,” is chosen for its impact, innovation and replicability.
Retired school bus to serve as mobile art center
April 10, 2014
The city of Somerville in Massachusetts purchases the bus, which will be used for art classes, dance performances and other creative ventures. The Somerville Arts Council is calling on local artists to design the exterior of the bus.
Dallas County Schools techs train on lubrication, oil analysis
April 9, 2014
More than 80 Dallas County Schools techs take part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex. Also in attendance are high school students who are in a co-op program that focuses on developing the next generation of technicians.
Changes to Bedford (Ohio) City School District's bus evacuation drills have made them safer and more orderly, officials say. Here, evacuation teams wait for students to come out to board the buses.
District's new plan targets better bus evacuation drills
April 9, 2014
At Bedford (Ohio) City School District, officials say that changes in the school bus evacuation drill program have led to safer and more focused training for students and staff. Supervisor of Transportation Patrick Carney shares the details on the new drill system.
NSTA launches redesigned website
April 9, 2014
New features of the contractor association’s website include detailed information for school administrators to use when considering contracting, and a centralized place to find school transportation services when looking for contractors interested in providing school transportation in a specific state or Canadian province.
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NAPT names new marketing and communications specialist
April 9, 2014
Megan Geroux has more than 10 years of experience as a communications professional in the association world — most recently as the communications director for an association management company in Albany, N.Y. NAPT officials say Geroux specializes in creative communications and uses her “keen listening skills to uncover and share associations' unique stories.”
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Bus driver honored as state conducts illegal-passing sweep
April 8, 2014
Charles Albertson, a bus driver for New York's Wappingers Central School District, was named the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board and Mid Hudson Transportation Supervisors’ Association's School Bus Driver of the Year last week. Meanwhile, the state conducted its annual Operation Safe Stop initiative, bringing together school bus operations and law enforcement agencies to ticket drivers who illegally pass school buses.
The Ashland (Mass.) Police Department tweeted this photo of a school bus window that was shattered by a turkey’s miscalculated flight.
Turkey flies into school bus window
April 8, 2014
In Ashland, Mass., police respond to what they describe as “a strange call”: a 25-pound turkey had flown into and broken a window on a school bus. A few students on the bus are treated for minor injuries by a school nurse.
New Idaho law protects bus drivers who come to aid of students
April 8, 2014
Gov. Butch Otter approves Senate Bill 1232, which amends current law to provide that school bus drivers, while they are acting within the scope of their duties, will not be civilly or criminally liable for reasonably acting to assist a bus passenger whom the driver believes to be in imminent danger of harm or injury. The law will take effect on July 1.
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Investigators say they believe a school bus driver left his bus unattended with four students on board, and the vehicle then crossed the road and struck a small child. Photo by Prince George's County Police Department
Unattended school bus rolls, strikes student
April 7, 2014
Investigators say they believe the bus driver left the bus unattended with four students on board, and the vehicle then crossed the road and struck a small child who was standing on a corner. All five children have been released from the hospital, and the driver has been arrested on multiple charges.

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